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MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Mental Health Counseling is a distinct profession with national and state standards for education, training, and clinical practice. Mental Health Counselors provide a full range of services for individuals, couples and families, and groups. The Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program at Marist College provides the academic preparation necessary to become a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in NY State. The 60-credit Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program emphasizes the personal and professional growth of its students, fostering self-awareness and a deeper understanding of others. The Program curriculum is rich in coursework stressing the theory and practice of counseling, assessment, and research, and underscores the importance of a multicultural approach. Counselors-in-training will gain the knowledge and skills necessary to provide quality mental health care to help their clients function effectively in all aspects of their lives.

Points of Distinction

  • Experience in Graduate Education: For over 30 years, Marist College has provided graduate-level study in psychology. During that time, Marist established itself as a leader in the Hudson Valley Region in offering students a solid academic experience that combined theoretical and research foundations with applied, practical experiences in the helping professions.
  • Standards: The Marist MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program was one of the first programs to be approved by the NY State Education Department as meeting the academic requirements for individuals to become licensed as mental health counselors. The demanding Program may meet or exceed the academic requirements for the licensing of professional counselors in many other states as well.
  • Training Sites: Given Marist's history with graduate education in psychology, the Program maintains a strong list of internship training sites with which the Psychology Department has had long-standing relationships.
  • Faculty: Professional training in nearly all counseling, ethics, assessment, and internship courses is provided by full-time and part-time faculty who are experienced, doctoral-level NY State Licensed Psychologists. They are experts in their fields.
  • Networking with Professional Organizations: The Program maintains a linkage with the New York Mental Health Counselor Association (NYMHCA) and its local chapter, the Hudson Valley Interest Group (HVIG). In fact, the HVIG holds its chapter meetings at Marist College. Students are strongly encouraged to participate in their professional organizations.

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Joe Cook, LMHC, MA '15

Joe Cook, MA '15Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation
Addiction Counselor

The best experience I had as a student was participating in a research study with my classmates and program director Peter del Rosario and then presenting this research to my future peers at the NYMHCA convention in Albany. This experience further demonstrated the Marist faculty's dedication to the field and the MHC program specifically.